Windows 8 + More.

So, Windows 8 is now out, and for the first time no one is arguing about whether it’s better than OSX or not. It seems to me that now everyone is just focused on Android vs. iOS; almost as if Windows is irrelevant in this day & age. Prior to Windows 8, Windows = PCs, and with tablets on the rise, everyone is crying “post PC era”, which despite being an early adopter myself, I find stupid. We’re going there, yes, but we’re not there yet. PC sales are sliding? Yeah, no shit. Have you looked at how powerful laptops are getting? Laptop sales aren’t sliding. The system is now this:

  • PC/Laptop: For actual productivity/serious gaming.
  • Tablet: Post a tweet, watch a video, and take notes or send an email.
  • Phone: A smaller tablet than can call people.
  • Smart Glasses: Coming soon.

Maybe in five years time, or perhaps 10 years, tablets and phones will merge and become one item. Samsung’s bidding on that with their Note line, and HTC’s doing that with their J-Butterfly phone. In my opinion that would be the best. If a solid phablet category forms that merges tablets and phones. This is wishful thinking though, highly unlikely stuff. My Kobo has a 6” screen (with a lot of fucking bezel) and it fits in my jeans pocket without a problem. To me that’s perfect. If they keep the 6” screen, and make the actual dimensions smaller by getting rid of all that wasted bezel space, that would be my perfect phablet. Also, it has to be a Nexus phablet, obviously.

Between Work & Home.

I’m cycling happily down the road, and am one minute away from the condo, when suddenly I’m jolted off my seat. I take a second to go “wtf” before realizing I’ve been hit, and to my surprise, by a motorcycle. I’m alright, just a bit sore from the shock of the impact. My bike’s rear tire got messed up. It didn’t even look like it, and I thought everything was miraculously alright after the biker left. I started riding again and found that nope, things are definitely not okay, the tire’s wobbling and almost coming off. So, fuck me, right? I just got this bike a month ago, and I’m already going to have to replace the tires. I guess me being unharmed is alright, although a scar would’ve been badass.

Thinking about it now, why the fuck was a motorcycle in the bike lane?

Too Many Screens.

My eyesight is taking a giant bat to the pupils, I think. Did that even make sense? I don’t care. My eyes are starting to hurt, with a small side dose of headaches, too. There’s just too many damn screens. Damn you, screens and monitors. 

At work I stare at 3 monitors (1 for my Windows desktop – 2 for my Mac). They’re just there waiting for me to abuse them, while they abuse my eyes. I’ve distanced them as far as I can from me and dimmed their brightness, yet they still attack my eyes pretty hard. I think I’m slowly going to switch to using just my laptop at work – small screen, and it’s resolution is good enough that I don’t need to use the giant screens as much. The downside is, once you get used to having more than one screen to look it, it’s hard to go back. It’s damn hard.

Right now, one screen has my Outlook, the other has Chrome, and the third has my desktop (usually Adium + Word or Pages). When I’m at home, I have my laptop, mobile phone, and the TV. Just more sources for eyestrain. I don’t even know why I’m complaining about this very obvious first world problem. I should be happy.

One thing I’m super happy about is my Kobo. Whenever my eyes get too tired, I just take a break and read a bit more of John Dies @ the End. E-ink displays are the best.